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Spain and Russia to fight for women's Water Polo gold

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Spain's Carmen Baringo Romero challenges Maria Patra of Greece. David Ramos/Getty Images
Spain hold off Greece in tense semi-final as Russia cruise past Italy

Russia coach Andrei Belofastov expects to encounter a different Spanish side when the teams meet in the women's Water Polo gold medal game on Saturday.

Russia eased to a 17-7 semi-final victory against Italy on Thursday, while Spain edged Greece 9-6 thanks to four goals from Alejandra Aznar Diez.

The results set up a rematch of the Group B clash won by Russia on Sunday.

"We beat Spain 12-8 but it was five days ago. Spain then beat a big Hungarian team and Italy. They are not the same team," said Belofastov.

Fresh from a day's rest having won their group and an automatic semi-final place, Russia raced into a 6-0 lead before overpowering their opponents.

"We were more mobile and faster," said Russia's four-goal hero Maria Bersneva.

Neither Greece nor Spain managed to create their usual attacking rhythm during the second semi-final, but Javier Aznar Fernandez's side made the necessary adjustments to reach the championship game.


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